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16 Mar 2020

New plans to save services

Under plans to save services, councils in Wales could get the green light to run their own bus companies or force firms to bid for the right to run routes.

The Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates (b. 1976), said deregulation of bus services in the 1980s had been ‘an abject failure’.

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Deregulation: ‘An abject failure’
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The Welsh Government is planning a new law to reverse the free-market reforms.

Bus operators, however, claimed that ‘simply focusing on the regulatory regime will not deliver the quicker journeys that will benefit passengers’.


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